We had some terrible storms roll through before sunset last night with a record number of tornadoes, causing a massive amount of damage and very sadly, a few deaths. The tornadoes happened a bit north and south of where I live so I'm feeling very lucky. Mother nature is so incredibly beautiful but she also has her dark side.
These images show what the sky looked like after the worst was over. I've never seen anything like it. Over the course of a few minutes, the sky developed into what looked like ocean waves or spawning fish. Anyone know what these clouds are called? The sky literally changed from minute-to-minute due to the strong winds rolling through. About two minutes after the last shot below, the sky turned jet black and another round of rain came through. I'm so glad I went outside and was treated to this amazing sight.
UPDATE: Thanks to my flickr friend Bobbi, I now know that these are called "Mammatus" clouds. She said the word is derived from the Latin mamma (meaning "udder" or "breast"), as some consider there is a resemblance between the characteristic shape of these clouds and the breast of a woman.
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